THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIPS
If we want friends we have to be friendly
Accept others where they are
8 Ways to Build Authentic Friendships
• Don’t Brag
PROVERBS 27:1-2 NKJV Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
Be the person that praises your friends and family rather than one-uping their best story
• Don’t Envy
PROVERBS 27:4 NKJV Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
• Be forthright
PROVERBS 27:5-6 NKJV Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
• Don’t forsake your roots
PROVERBS 27:8 NKJV Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place.
• Stay close
PROVERBS 27:9-10 NKJV Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel. Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
• Have Great Timing
PROVERBS 27:14 NKJV He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.
• Add value
PROVERBS 27:17 NKJV As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
• Don’t be moved by flattery
PROVERBS 27:21 NKJV The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him.
The closer we get to Jesus the stronger our friendships with other people will be
PROVERBS 18:24 NKJV A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
MAKING THE CONNECTION
To have healthy friendships we need to…
Make the time and effort to be friendly
Accept people the way they are
Realize our relationship with Jesus makes all other relationships better